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Statutory Rules of Northern Ireland

2008 No. 129

Education

The Education (Student Loans) (Repayment) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2008

Made

13th March 2008

Coming into operation-

1st April 2008

The Department for Employment and Learning(1) makes the following Regulations in exercise of the powers conferred by Articles 3(2) and 8(4) of the Education (Student Support) (Northern Ireland) Order 1998(2) and now vested in it(3).

Citation and commencement

1.  These Regulations may be cited as the Education (Student Loans) (Repayment) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2008 and come into operation on 1st April 2008.

Amendment of the Education (Student Loans) (Repayment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2000

2.  The Education (Student Loans) (Repayment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2000(4) are amended as provided by regulations 3 and 4.

3.  In regulation 7 (Penalties in relation to Parts III and IV)—

(a)after paragraph (2) there shall be inserted the following paragraphs—

(2A) For years of assessment—

(a)ending on or before 5th April 2008 sections 100 (determination of penalties by officer of Board), 100A (provisions supplementary to section 100) and 100B (appeals against policy determinations) of the 1970 Act shall apply to the penalties outlined in regulation 26(3) in connection with repayments under Part III as they apply in connection with income tax;

(b)commencing on or after 6th April 2008, where the date on which the return is due to be filed is on or after 6th April 2009, Schedule 24 to the Finance Act 2007 (penalties for errors) shall apply in relation to the assessment of penalties and appeals against the assessment of penalties in connection with Part III as it applies to penalties in connection with income tax.

(2B) Sections 100 (determination of penalties by officer of Board), 100A (provisions supplementary to section 100) and 100B (appeals against penalty determinations) of the 1970 Act shall apply to penalties other than those outlined in regulation 26(3) and (4) in connection with repayment under Part III and all penalties under Part IV as they apply to penalties in connection with income tax.

(b)In paragraph (3) there shall be omitted “100 and 100A (determination of penalties by officer of Board), 100B (appeals against penalty determinations),”.

4.  In regulation 26 (Penalties) for paragraphs (3) and (4) there shall be substituted the following paragraphs—

(3) For years of assessment ending on or before 5th April 2008—

(a)section 95 of the 1970 Act (incorrect return or accounts for income tax or capital gains tax) shall apply in relation to anything done for the purposes of or in connection with the ascertainment of liability of a borrower to make a repayment under this Part as it applies for the purposes of or in connection with the ascertainment of liability to income tax, and for that purpose the difference referred to in section 95(2) shall be the difference between—

(i)the amount calculated under regulation 15(1); and

(ii)the amount which would have been the amount so calculated if the return, statement, declaration or accounts as made or submitted by the borrower had been correct.

(b)section 97 (incorrect return or accounts: supplemental) of the 1970 Act shall apply in the case of returns, statements, declarations, accounts, information or documents for the purposes of repayments under this Part as they apply for the purposes of income tax.

(4) For years of assessment commencing on or after 6th April 2008, where the date on which the return is due to be filed is on or after 6th April 2009, Schedule 24 to the Finance Act 2007 (penalties for errors) shall apply—

(a)in relation to anything done for the purposes of or in connection with the ascertainment of liability of a borrower to make repayment under this Part as it applies to penalties in connection with income tax;

(b)in the case of returns, statements, declarations, accounts, information or documents for the purposes of repayment under this Part as it applies to penalties in connection with income tax..

Sealed with the Official Seal of the Department for Employment and Learning on 13th March 2008

Legal seal

Sir Reg Empey MLA

Minister for Employment and Learning

EXPLANATORY NOTE

(This note is not part of the Regulations)

These Regulations amend the Education (Student Loans) (Repayment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2000 (S.R. 2000 No. 121) (“the principal Regulations”) and come into operation on 1st April 2008. The principal Regulations deal with the repayment of student loans paid to students under Article 3 of the Education (Student Support) (Northern Ireland) Order 1998. The aim of these Regulations is to implement a new penalty regime for errors made by student loan borrowers in self assessment returns relating to years of assessment beginning on or after 6th April 2008.

Regulation 7 of the principal Regulations applies various parts of the Taxes Management Act 1970 (“TMA 1970”) relating to penalties to Parts III and IV of the principal Regulations. Regulation 3 amends regulation 7 of the principal Regulations so that in relation to penalties for incorrect returns, sections 100 (determination of penalties by officer of the Board), 100A (provisions supplementary to section 100) and 100B (appeals against penalty determinations) of the TMA 1970 shall only apply to years of assessment ending on or before 5th April 2008. For years of assessment commencing on or after 6th April 2008 Schedule 24 to the Finance Act 2007 (penalties for errors) will apply. Sections 100, 100A and 100B will continue to apply to all other penalties other than penalties for errors under Part III and to all penalties under Part IV as they apply to penalties in connection with income tax.

Regulation 26 of the principal Regulations sets out the penalties for failure to make a tax return and for submitting an incorrect tax return. Section 93 (failure to make return for income tax and capital gains tax), 95 (incorrect return or account for income tax or capital gains tax) and 97 (incorrect return or account: supplemental) of the TMA 1970 are applied to the repayment of student loans. Regulation 4 amends regulation 26 of the principal Regulations so that sections 95 and 97 TMA 1970 shall only apply to return periods ending on or before 5th April 2008. For years of assessment commencing on or after 6th April 2008 Schedule 24 to the Finance Act 2007 (penalties for errors) will apply.

(1)

Formerly known as the Department of Higher and Further Education, Training and Employment; see S.I. 1999/283 (N.I. 1) and the Department for Employment and Learning Act (Northern Ireland) 2001 c.15

(3)

S.R. 1999 No. 481 see Article 5(b) and Schedule 3 Part II transferred functions from the Department of Education to the Department of Higher and Further Education, Training and Employment which is now renamed the Department for Employment and Learning

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